NHRA Unfinished Business Pairings Announced

Image courtesy NHRA
NHRA Unfinished Business Pairings Announced
Image courtesy NHRA

This should be fun! NHRA fans have decided the first round match-ups for NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” competition being held during next week’s 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Saluting the legends of the sport, the “Unfinished Business” competition returns famed stars of straight-line racing to the track where they’ve competed in the “Gators” when racing at their prime. All eight racers will have the opportunity to beat one another in identically prepared Toyota Camry racecars, custom-wrapped to emulate the cars they drove in their competition.

Get ready to see “Big Daddy” Don Garlits take on Shirley Muldowney, “The Professor” Warren Johnson versus Terry Vance, Kenny Bernstein against Joe Amato and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme battle Ed “The Ace” McCulloch on the quarter-mile dragstrip..

Former driver and fan favorite Darrell Gwynn serves as honorary starter for this prestigious group of competitors; he announced the pairings online via NHRA’s Facebook page.

“I”m excited to watch all of these legends of NHRA drag racing get back on the track,” Gwynn said. “Just because they’re retired from professional drag racing doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of that competitive fire that makes them great. It’s going to get heated out there and the fans are going to love it!”

The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals race will be one of the most exciting venues outside of NHRA’s signature Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held each Labor Day weekend, as the staff of Gainesville Raceway and NHRA have combined to make this anniversary race exceptional.

The third of 24 events on the NHRA calendar, this race features a newly repaved racetrack, the start of both Pro Stock Motorcycle and E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod seasons, together with the beginning of NHRA’s vaunted Factory Stock Showdown competition, together with Mello Yello professional and Lucas Oil sportsman racing from Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17.

About Anne Proffit 301 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

1 Comment on NHRA Unfinished Business Pairings Announced

  1. It would be more appropriate to have Chrysler/Mopar (or Ford, or Chevrolet) sponsor, and provide cars for such events. To use toyotas is a slap in the face of American Motorsports Fans.

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